Banffshire Coast News

A great day at the 3rd Cullen Skink World Championships

What a fantastic day it was!  Brilliant sunshine in Cullen - the fabulous setting of the Cullen Bay Hotel with views of the beach - and 2 very worthy winners.

Now in its 3rd year, the Cullen Skink World Championships continue to go from strength to strength.  This year, the entrants included locals and competitors from further afield.  So, with the new Cullen Skink with a Twist competition in place, it seems fair that one stayed at home, and the other - for the first time ever - went further afield.

After 2 years of locals winning the Traditional Cullen Skink competition, this time around we congratulate Neal Robertson from Auchtermuchty on his great win.  Neal has collected a number of other titles - including World Porridge Champion 2010, World Speciality Porridge Champion 2011, and awards in the World Stovie and Jam Making Championships.  Neal has now got his eyes firmly focussed on the World Mince and Tattie Championships in Mull in 2015, as well as defending his Cullen Skink title of course.  If you want to try out Neal's winning recipe, click here.

The inaugural Cullen Skink with a Twist title went to Ian Watson of Cullen who was inspired by a traditional fish chowder from Bermuda which includes black rum and chilli pepper.  He marinaded the wood chips in black rum and molasses to give the fish a sweet, smoky texture; he then added garlic, chilli, sweet potato, leeks, peppers and port sherry.

Many thanks from the Cullen Voluntary Tourist Initiative to all those who participated and organised the day; particular thanks to Mrs Clare Russell, Lord Lieutenant of Banffshire, and Louie Paterson from Cluny Fish who had the very onerous, but hopefully tasty, task of judging the entries.  And to the Cullen Bay Hotel, Ian and Rena Watson, for their continued support of the event.

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